Maybe you’ve gotten caught up in the middle of some vicious gossip, someone close to you is ill, your having family problems, or you desperately need more money at the end of your month.
Yep, wiped out.
We’ve all been in a hard place that lasted for too many days, or months. A place where despair is the shadow you can’t shake.
And we can’t imagine anything changing any time soon.
And even when we do feel a glimmer of hope rising, a possible open door out of our mess, the door quickly slams shut.
Friends try to comfort with nice, feel-good verses from the Psalms, and logical wisdom from Proverbs. And yes, those are all excellent.
But, sometimes what we really need is a good dose of what’s packed around all the wisdom and nice–those crazy stories of dysfunction even the best screen-writers can’t make up.
Do you want to feel like you don’t have it so bad and get back some of that long-lost hope?
Then for the love of Moses, pick up your Bible, dust of the pages of the Old Testament and READ.
The junk in my life and yours can’t hold a candle to the crazy stuff that went on between the pages of Genesis and Malachi.
These people had MAJOR issues. And that’s exactly why I think God made sure their stories are included in His Word.
We can’t see the what next, we’re blinded (or rather protected) from the future. But to help us in our faith journey, God has graciously chronicled the lives of men and women who have gone before to show us God’s plans do work. Between these Old Testament pages we can grasp with clarity, our God really does have things under control.
The history of God’s people shows us that life is not merely filled with random events. God has an intentional plan and we’re part of it. In the blink of an eye He can change any circumstance to fulfill His purpose and bring calm to the worst case of chaos.
Looking back into the lives of people like Moses, Joseph, David, Esther (four out of hundreds) we can find common threads of connection. Somewhere in the craziness of their stories we can find our own. And when we do, we find hope.
And hope brings light into darkened spaces.
Moses was a big wig in Pharaoh’s court and then somehow found himself spending the better part of 40 years tending sheep on the far side of a desert. He probably thought, this is it for me. But in a blink of an eye or the time it takes to set a bush on fire, he was on his way back to Egypt to deliver God’s people from slavery (Genesis 3:2, 10).
Joseph probably thought he was going to rot in an Egyptian dungeon. But in a blink of an eye his circumstances changed and he became governor of Egypt (Genesis 41:41). It was in this appointed place where he was able to save a generation of people (Genesis 50:20).
Before he was king, David was a hunted man. He feared for his life every second of ever day, that is until King Saul, his foe, was handed to him on a silver platter. (1 Samuel 24:4).
Esther was just a plain Hebrew girl, living a simple life. But in a turn of events, Queen Vashti is dethroned setting up the circumstances for Esther to become the Queen of Persia and save her people (Esther 1:2, 2:17).
Whatever we’re going through, God sees us. He hears us. And He has a plan. A good one.
Romans 15:4, reminds us, “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we may have hope.”
While your waiting for things to change, pull up a chair, sit down with a cup of coffee and read some crazy stories.
Because on days when tears pour down like rain from a dark sky, a good book always makes us feel better and when it’s a God Story, we can be sure to find the hope for own story within it.